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Taking your first steps into higher education
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2.1 Poetry

Week 2 started off by asking you about your personal responses to poetry. It then outlined a number of ways to shape your initial responses to poetry. It would be a good idea to have another look at Week 2 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]   as a reminder.

Once you have done this you will be able to do the next activity.

Activity 2 Reflecting on poetry

This is an opportunity to think about how your responses to and understanding of poetry might have changed.

Note your answers to the following questions. Again, you might like to create a table to do this:

Table 2 Understanding poetry
NowWhat's changed?
  1. What were the key ways to interpret poetry?
  1. Have you used these to read any poems?
  1. Do you enjoy poetry more now?
  1. Do you understand poetry more now?
  1. Are you more or less likely to study an arts subject as a result of this week?


This activity has selected some key pointers from Week 2 of Taking your first steps in higher education for you to focus on. However, you may notice that question 5 is asking you to look ahead by reflecting on the effect the week’s work might have had on you.

If you are able to recall some of the key points about poetry, this suggests that you have begun to understand them. If you have gone a step further to apply your ideas to other poems that really indicates that you have, very quickly, got a good grasp of them.